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Building HistoriesThe Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi$
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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226283470

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226331898.001.0001

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Interrupting the Archive: Indigenous Voices and Colonial Hegemony

Interrupting the Archive: Indigenous Voices and Colonial Hegemony

(p.61) Interrupting the Archive: Indigenous Voices and Colonial Hegemony
Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan

University of Chicago Press

This chapter overturns colonial rhetoric regarding illiterate Indians who were lethargic about preserving their built heritage. Instead it shows the passionate claims and histories presented by a local community to save a small Sufi shrine, the Rasul Numa Dargah, from British expropriation and possible demolition during the building of New Delhi.

Keywords:   Rasul Numa Dargah, Pir Banbasi’s dargah, Sufi shrines, New Delhi, land acquisition, Edwin Lutyens, seven cities of Delhi

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